Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2018 Research Report Meeting: “How to Live Well in a Super-Aging Society”
Kyoto University’s KRC Uehiro Research Division’s 2018 Research Report Meeting: “How to Live Well in a Super-Aging Society” was held at the Imanori Center on January 13th, 2019.
The Uehiro Research Division was established at KRC with the sponsorship of the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education. In this division, experts in public policy, medical welfare, clinical psychology, traditional knowledge and philosophy conduct research on “kokoro and ethics”.
This year’s meeting included research reports and discussions centered around the theme of “How to Live Well in the Super-Aging Society”.
Prof. Toshio Kawai (Center Director) gave the opening remarks, followed by a welcome speech by Mr. Noboru Maruyama (Executive Director, Uehiro Foundation).
Prof. Yoshinori Hiroi (Professor, Vice Director, KRC) introduced the division’s basic missions. This was followed by research presentations on four projects by five researchers: Seiji Kumagai (Associate Professor), Chihiro Hatanaka (Senior Lecturer), Aya Seike (Senior Lecturer) and Hiromi Matsuba (Research Fellow).
During the panel discussion, four topics were provided by four panelists: “A new overview for the super-aging society” by Prof. Hiroi, “The possibility for mutual support arising from mutual learning” by Dr. Seike, “Projects in the Asahi district of Toyota City, where 45% of the population is elderly” by Ms. Satomi Takahashi (Assistant Manager, Toyota City Council of Social Welfare, Asahi Bureau) and “Educating the public on discussing future medical care” by Ms. Mariko Yoshida (Manager, Kyoto Prefecture Health and Welfare Division of Elderly Support Section, Regional Comprehensive Care).
Professor Hiroko Akiyama (Institute of Gerontology, The University of Tokyo), who was the designated debater during the general discussion, responded to questions from the audience. Questions included “How can we create a society that fosters a sense of purpose and roles for the elderly people in the era of nuclear family and divided communities?”.
Dr. Kumagai gave closing remarks as the moderator by saying that the Uehiro Research Division will continue working on their research by exchanging information and opinions not only with researchers, but also with residents in communities.